The Best True Crime Podcasts

Okay guys so I’m currently sitting at my desk marinating in one of my fave face masks and listening to true crime podcasts.

Because that’s what I do all the time now.

I seriously have been obsessed with podcasts in general lately. I have these massive noise cancelling Bose headphones that I wear at work and blast podcasts all day. But in the spirit of full transparency – it’s fully creeping my coworkers out. Because all my podcasts are about crime or murder.


I’ve always had a sick fascination with crime. Maybe it’s because I’m such a total square who lives for the law, but I’m obsessed with the criminal mind and love watching everything from SVU to Making a Murderer. When Serial came out I basically lost my shit and was chomping at the bit every week waiting for a new episode to be released. With Serial currently in between seasons – I’ve had to find podcasts to fill the gap.

Enter – my list of the best true crime podcasts.

The best true crime podcasts if you like Serial!

The best true crime podcasts if you like Serial!

The best true crime podcasts if you like Serial!

The BEST true crime podcasts if you loved Serial!

My Fave True Crime Podcasts

★ Up and Vanished

I have become downright obsessed with Up and Vanished. An investigative podcast that digs into the mysterious disappearance of Georgia beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, Up and Vanished seeks to solve the 11 year old unsolved murder.

In 2005 Tara Grinstead attended a local Georgia pageant and was never seen again. When Tara didn’t show up for work, the search began. Unfortunately for 11 years law enforcement got few leads and made no arrests.

What makes this podcast so darn addictive is the fact that the case literally just took a crazy turn in real life. I don’t want to spoil it all for you, but this case is crazy fascinating and I’m dying for each new episode to come out. Especially now that the 11 year old case has finally caught fire!

★ Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

There’s something about the unsolved cases that I find the most interesting. I think I like to lay out all the facts and speculate who I think committed the crime. If you’re like me and love unsolved mysteries – this podcast is for you.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories covers some well known cases (like the Zodiac Killer), but most are cases I’ve never even heard of. Some are tens of years old! I love that there’s often a historical edge to it, going way back in time trying to solve a crime when DNA evidence was non existent.

★ Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths.

Okay not every death covered on this podcast is a result of a crime – but most are. Remarkable Lives Tragic Deaths covers the lives (and passings) of some of the greats like Humphrey Bogart, Andy Warhol, John Lennon, JFK, even all the way back to Cleopatra!

I’m sort of a history buff so again, loving that there’s a bit of history to each case. There’s also something so interesting and tragic about the stories of this podcast. While many of these figures accomplished amazing things, they often passed of tragic circumstances like substance abuse or murder. This podcast gets you thinking what amazing things some of these people could have produced had they lived on.

★ S-Town

S-Town is a sister podcast to Serial – the podcast that put true crime stories on the map.

I’d say, if you’re a Serial fan, S-Town is hit or miss. S-Town starts with a This American Life answering a call from John, an unhappy human in a small Alabama town who’s convinced there’s been a hushed up murder. The story quickly shifts from an investigation into an alleged murder to the story of John’s life.

S-Town doesn’t have the same thrill and impassioned crime as Serial, but it does have a rustic and story-telling quality that kept me interested all season long. John’s story is a story worth telling.

★ Unsolved

Unsolved follows the (duh) unsolved case of John Zera, a high school freshman who disappeared back in 1976. There are so many twists and turns to this crime and it’s so tragic. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the family as they wait for years to find out information. There’s only seven episodes and the podcast ended back in 2015, but it’s definitely worth a listen if you like true crime.

★ Missing

Missing is unlike any of the other podcasts on this list. Rather than focusing on a specific crime, it centers around the mindset of those who choose to go missing. Tim Weaver, a British crime author, digs into real life experiences of people who choose to go off the grid, how they do it – and why.

Super weird. Super interesting.

The best true crime podcasts if you like Serial!

The best true crime podcasts if you like Serial!

In other news – let’s talk about this cute lil’ top I’ve got going on. Guys. This top is literally under $15. I’m basically into spending all of my money on weird things like planner stickers and bowls of wild rice and kale – so I was super excited to find this piece at such a crazy price.

Hit me up in the comments below and tell me your fave podcasts! I’m always on the hunt for new podcasts to listen to!


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7 responses to “The Best True Crime Podcasts”

  1. Kendal says:

    YES TRUE CRIME! I’m definitely going to have to check all of these out, bookmarking this post right now! 🙂 Let me know what you think of My Favorite Murder!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Definitely will, Kendal! LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK of all these!

      xoxo Kelsey

  2. Kara Aragon says:

    Such a great top! Those podcast sound so interesting. I wish I had more time to listen to more podcast. There’s so many good ones!

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Thanks Kara! And let me know if you listen to any of them! Or if you find any you like 🙂

      xoxo Kelsey

  3. I love True Crime podcasts and I know this list is legit because you did not include one of the most overrated podcasts of all time: My Favorite Murderer. I don’t like to be so mean, but I hate that one! Up and Vanished sounds really good! I’m going to listen to that one. I also recommend Sword & Scale. It’s mostly a hit, but there are some misses. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Ohh thanks for pointing me towards Sword & Scale! I had heard of it but never gave it a listen! And seriously let me know what you think of Up and Vanished. I’m seriously hooked but also I think it’s because the host of it is SO GOOD too. Like the story is a mystery that’s been unsolved forever, the host is like an average joe who is just trying to find the truth…and the case is finally seeing a trial this year!

      xoxo Kelsey

  4. Alysse says:

    I love love love podcast, but true crime ones leave me scared in bed at night lol. I have listened to S-Town! I think everyone had overly high expectations, but you’re right, it was a story worth being told.